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Circus of the Dead by [Blackburn, Seth]
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Length: 32 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 114 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063UL9FQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By Meg Tisdale on November 21, 2011
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I really wish there were half increments on here for rating. But I'll give just a little more than just a little less than it deserves.

So the book started out promisingly. The writing style is a bit more elegant than your average teenage romance book, but it kept throwing me off when it would suddenly talk about sex or the like as a 15 year old boy would think about it. Just blunt and crass. Not a big fan, but it was only peppered throughout, not the bulk of the material.

This is, as others have said, a short story. That does not bother me. In fact, the night I began reading it, I finished it and was just as happy as if I'd had a part of a novel to read. It was just long enough to cover my 30-45 minutes of reading before I go to bed. Perfect length for a bedtime story. ;) ...albeit probably not everyone's idea of a good one....with zombies and all.

The story itself was alright. Post-zombie-apocalypse, small town, no electricity, etc. The "circus" comes to town, the Reverend forbids anyone from going, many people go anyway. Disaster strikes. There was a huge lead-up to the circus scene, then after the disaster (in which the carnage is skipped because our protagonist is conveniently unconscious), there are a few paragraphs to the end. More or less, "...and so they mostly lived happily ever after in a zombie-infested world." Kindof a bummer ending.
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If you enter into this knowing it's a short story, you will not be disappointed. I love all things post-apocalyptic, and this story lends a cautionary tale about not learning from history and the dangers of overzealous religious leaders. I thought the "coming of age" theme was a nice touch as well. A good, quick read.
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By catt dahman on January 22, 2012
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If you want a cheesy, run of the mill zombie splatter fest, this is not for you. This is zombie literature...fantastic writing! It's in the style of King, Laymon, Simmons, McCammon. etc. who actually build characters and describe the setting so well, you are there. This is a perfectly ordinary day that goes bad in a huge way....almost a coming of age message set in horror and unsettling issues. Satisfying to those of us who enjoy a well developed story with FAIRNESS. The end, as well as the rest was fair and excellent IF you are a thinker and understand unwritten meanings within an elegant style. The prose manage to be descriptive without bogging down the action and the character (main) unforgettable. Bittersweet and perfect. Like zombie movies...this is a Romero-style classic and not a splatter fest (tho it does get icky and creepy and is fun!). I feel the mature reader will appreciate this. Five stars.
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This story is set in a world that has already been ravaged by zombies and told in the 1st person. Some towns are starting to move on and rebuild. One day, the circus comes to the town and claims they have a real, live zombie on show. To not give too much away, things don't end well, but that's all we know...the author doesn't give ANY detail as to what happened to make the ending but leaves it up to the reader. I know it's a short story, but it seems unfinished, maybe if the author had added a bit more on the end it would've wrapped it up nicely.
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This book is so far outside my genre that I did not know if I would read it or not. I found the storyline interesting enough that I knew I would finish the story. There was most definitely a message in this book. Don't go to strange events after a zombie apocalypse. There was just not enough depth to the storyline for my taste. If you are interested in this genre, this book may be just what you need for a quick read.
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2.5 stars

This book started out ok. Slow but alright. Then it got preachy and really philosophical. The writing style is very formal, almost poetic but it felt stilted and flat. The story is only 32 pages long. I never connected with the main character. ( Who is a 15 year old boy) It left out the meat of what could have been a pretty decent story. It went from two days into the story then to the epilogue of 20 years later. Just not my cup of tea.
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Parts of this story are beautifully written and I think the author has a lot of potential. It just felt as if once the situation was set up, the author lost interest in the story.

This is the story of a young man growing up in a society recovering from the ravages of a zombie outbreak. Life in his community is stark and focused on survival. There is a sudden break in routine when a travelling circus arrives and he has to decide if he will defy authority and visit the circus. There is a sense of magic in this story and there is beauty in how Blackburn writes. However, the story is fatally undercut by the author's choice to have his main character -- our only narrator -- be unconscious during the main part of the action and then jumping over key details in what feels like a mad rush to end the tale. The strength of the earlier sections makes the end that much more disappointing.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It takes place long after the zombie apocalypse where society, as we knew it, has reverted back to the days of the old west with small towns spread few and far between... where religion reigns supreme and strangers can't be trusted. It's beautifully descriptive and makes the circus seem dark and magical while reminding you that it's all an illusion. I haven't read anything else like it and was very pleased. This is worth checking out but be mindful that this is not your typical zombie infection spreading chaos tale.
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